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Mr Dave Marshall

Mr Dave Marshall

Mr Dave Marshall

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Investigations into the nature of early chelicerate cuticle

Royal Fort House,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1UH
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+44 (0) 117 954 5411


To an arthropod, the exoskeleton is truly vital. It is the surface through which all of its ecological interactions occur. It provides a defensive barrier and an offensive weapon; it protects the animal from the environment whilst still allowing it to sense it; and it enables morphological alteration through ontogeny. It's therefore surprising to realise that even though preservation of chelicerate cuticle is relatively common in some groups, little work has been done on looking at what information we can get from it.


I am a part-time student looking to better understand the early evolution of the chelicerate clade through comparative cuticluar analysis. I also work within the oil industry as a consultant micropalaeontologist and have a keen interest in science communication. 


Unhappy with the poor levels of accuracy and taxonomic biases within the media, I established Palaeocast to better represent the palaeontological field. Palaeocast is a non-profit organisation with the sole purpose of communicating palaeontological information to the public in an accessible format. Initially set out as a podcast, Palaeocast is now involved in various multimedia including the live streaming of conferences and the production of educational resources. 


  • Palaeontology
  • Chelicerates
  • Palaeozoic
  • Taphonomy
  • Micropalaeontology



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